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What we might learn from Google’s Here to Help. A remix challenge?

I saw Google’s new Here to Help ad campaign a couple of weeks back and I can’t get it out of my head. Presenting how Google addresses real-life information needs against the soundtrack of The Beatles’ classic Help, the 60-second ad demonstrates so effectively how we rely on Google products to make our lives a […]

Explore modern history and culture with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting gathers more than 70 years of public broadcasting from around the country. This free resource is a critical tool for studying 20th and 21st Century culture and history. And it is a must-share across content areas and grade levels. A collaboration between the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Library […]

Boclips for Teachers: A new source for classroom video

I recently discovered Boclips for Teachers, a portal hosting more than 2 million short-form educational videos from more than 100 of the educational video producers you already know and love. Familiar sites like TED-Ed, LearnZillion, Associated Press, PBS, Crash Course, Reuters, Bozeman Science and Smithsonian have offered permission for the site to curate their excellent […]

Get ready for your next assignment gumshoe: Carmen Sandiego is traveling Google Earth

Looking for a little old timey computer nostalgia with a dose of espionage and a taste of geographical flavor? Well, gumshoe, you are ready for your next assignment from the ACME detective agency. This time Carmen Sandiego is sneaking around the world via Google Earth. The Crown Jewels Caper is the first of a series of new Where on Google […]

Revisiting #ALATTT: Trend #1: AR/VR/MR and a touch of AI

  Back at ALA Midwinter, I was honored to present on LITA’s Top Tech Trends panel, with fellow panelists Kate Tkacik, Suzanne Wulf, Becky Yoose, James Neal and Cynthia Dudenhoffer.  Here’s the slide deck. Each of us was initially assigned two trends to explore and discuss. I thought I’d break my own twoish trends and resources into two posts. […]

How to Train Your Dragon live event tomorrow!

There’s still time to register for a very special How to Train Your Dragon event with with author/illustrator Cressida Cowell tomorrow on March 6th. A free broadcast will be followed by a live Q & A with students around the world!  The World Book Day celebration is sponsored by Microsoft and Little Brown.  And you may recognize a […]

Wakelet: for curation, collaborating and telling your stories

One of my favorite new(ish) tools for curation is Wakelet. In the past I’ve used to to archive conferences, share lists of best lists, crowd-source current awareness, and to keep my personal favorite classroom teaching tips and strategies handy.  (Happily I discovered Wakelet in the wake of the sudden demise of tools like Google+ Communities and Storify.) I […]

Common Sense Media digital citizenship refresh

As educators, we’ve learned to count on the research-based wisdom and guidance of  Common Sense Media. Its a destination, always fresh with reviews of apps, video, books and more as well as advice for teaching with technology and outstanding curriculum. I recently sat down with Kelly Mendoza, Senior Director of Education Programs at Common Sense Education, […]

John Green launches Crash Course: Navigating Digital Information

On behalf of my library/educator colleagues, thank you, John Green. Thank you, John, for offering us a new tool in introducing media literacy and credibility awareness with our learning communities. Thank you for lending your honest voice and passion to this mission. John recently introduced a new 10-episode Crash Course series, Navigating Digital Information, developed […]

Discussion strategies for your pedagogical toolkit

Each semester I think about how I might create more engagement in both my online and on-campus courses.  I want more students thinking. I want more students talking. Across the years, I’ve gathered a number of go-to websites I visit for inspiration and I revisit a few old favorite discussion techniques. I’ve found that these strategies […]